PRS for Music extends partnership with Sony/ATV Publishing

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PRS for Music, along with GEMA and SOLAR, has extended its long-term licensing partnership with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

The agreement covers the management of pan-European licences for Sony/ATV, as well as EMI Music Publishing’s Anglo-American repertoire.

The multi-year deal will see SOLAR – a jointly-owned subsidiary of PRS for Music and GEMA – continue to provide administration services for the licences, for digital services across Europe and other territories.

The administration of the licences will be carried out in partnership with ICE, the joint venture between PRS for Music, GEMA and Swedish society STIM.

Commenting on the agreement, Antony Bebawi, EVP digital and society relations international and UK at SonyATV, said: ‘I am excited that we have extended our successful relationship with PRS for Music and GEMA and with their SOLAR joint venture.

‘This will continue to make the licensing of our Anglo-American catalogue across Europe as efficient as possible while ensuring that our songwriters receive first-class administration services in the European digital market.’

He added: ‘This extension reflects the success of our partnership with PRS for Music and GEMA over many years as well as our close working relationship with SOLAR and long-term support for ICE.

‘Our work together and that long-term support have allowed the parties to steadily evolve and improve the administration services from which our songwriters now benefit.’

PRS for Music chief executive, Robert Ashcroft, said: ‘I’m very proud that our successful and long-term partnership with Sony/ATV Music Publishing is set to continue.

‘Our collaboration with GEMA on the SOLAR initiative is a cutting-edge embodiment of a modern and innovative approach to the administration of digital pan-European licensing.’